Armed Robbery in Trader Joe's Parking Lot on Milpas

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Trader Joe's on N. Milpas Street in Santa Barbara (file photo)
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Update by Santa Barbara Police Department
May 5, 2021

On 5-4-21, at about 4 pm, the Combined Communication Center received numerous calls related to an incident at Trader Joe's, 222 N. Milpas Street.

The victim, a wholesale jeweler from out of town, reported to be robbed at gunpoint while seated in a vehicle in the parking lot in front of Trader Joe's. A large amount of jewelry was taken during the robbery.

The suspects appeared to be targeting the victim and have knowledge of the jewelry in the victim’s possession.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released at this time. 


By Roger the Scanner Guy
4:02 p.m., May 4, 2021

Armed robbery, possibly in the parking lot of Trader Joe's on N. Milpas Street.

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edney May 05, 2021 02:36 PM
Armed Robbery in Trader Joe's Parking Lot on Milpas

Wrong jurisdiction. SBSO covers Riven Rock. CHP is writing the warnings.
Maybe people who show up to hike can park a little further away and hike an extra 100 yards?
Maybe show a small bit of respect for the people who donated money to purchase the land and put it into a trust so everyone can use it?
But instead lets just make an already narrow street narrower and act like bigots towards wealthy people

TJTom May 05, 2021 12:22 PM
Armed Robbery in Trader Joe's Parking Lot on Milpas

When I shop there I have seen that Trader Joe's has a security guard in the parking lot near the front of the store. It's strange that there is no mention of the guard or if the guard noticed anything suspicious.

STARSB May 04, 2021 07:10 PM
Armed Robbery in Trader Joe's Parking Lot on Milpas

Insurance scam? Who carries that much jewelry on them even if it is a jewelry dealer? If not a scam maybe the suspects followed the dealer? How did they know they had a million worth of jewelry? Sounds fishy

Roger May 04, 2021 07:07 PM
Armed Robbery in Trader Joe's Parking Lot on Milpas

I have a hard time believing it. I recall a jewelry robbery on Milpas many years ago and there were alot of rumors about it being an inside job..It seems weird anyone would be carrying a million dollars worth of jewelry on Milpas street o9r while they are shopping.. I have not seen reports anywhere else either..

JB86 May 05, 2021 01:14 AM
Armed Robbery in Trader Joe's Parking Lot on Milpas

Yeah, something isn't right about this. Cops will be able to confirm (or not) the presence of the alleged getaway car through witnesses and video. If there isn't confirmation of what the victim said, it is a red flag.

JB86 May 04, 2021 06:55 PM
Armed Robbery in Trader Joe's Parking Lot on Milpas

Kind of strange. The BOL was put out within 5 minutes to law enforcement and units set up north and south on 101, 5 to 10 miles, but not a trace of these guys. Maybe they ditched the Lexus and took another ride outta town. Assuming it actually happened.

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